Atmosphere & Energy Seminar – Spring 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
12:15 – 1:05pm
Y2E2 Room 299
Leveraging Power Flow Control to Create A Dynamic Electric Grid
Jenny Erwin, Strategy and Engineering Analyst, Smart Wires, Inc.
The pace, breadth and depth of the changes occurring in the electric industry are the most expansive in our grid’s history. Utilities are increasingly challenged by new technologies, changing regulations and heightened expectations for reliability and affordability. Because of the changing dynamics of load and generation, transmission challenges are appearing – and sometimes disappearing – at an unprecedented pace. Typical network solutions do not offer the speed-of-installation or the flexibility that these emerging problems demand. The modularity, scalability, redeployability and quickly deployable nature of Smart Wires solutions provide critical advantages over existing installed solutions and operating procedures. Smart Wires envisions a flexible, dynamic grid in which the transmission lines themselves are dispatchable assets, capable of routing power in real-time, around the network.